Posted by: Dudley | January 28, 2009

Mali Festival in the Desert

Mali – here we come!  We’ve got what appears to be a great group signed up for the Festival in the Desert trip to Mali in January. I’m really excited – we’ve tried to get a group together for the Festival for the last couple of years, but never quite made it. This year we’ve got two men from Great Britain and five women from the U.S. and, from my communications with them so far, I can tell it’s going to be a rockin’ good time.

The Festival itself is a wonderful conglomeration of traditional Malian music from the Tuareg and other ethnic groups during the day and a big stage at night with contemporary Malian and other West African artists.

Other highlights of the tour will be visiting Timbuctou, Dogon country and the Bandiagara Escarpment, and the famous mud mosque of Djenné. We’ll explore the making of bogolan, or mud cloth, and other Malian art and craft, as well as take a river boat down the Niger River.

Stay tuned for a report when we return…

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